I was reading and it told me that the difference is in arching your tongue (their example, lip and leap). But how do you replicate that sound in семь and сем?

Well, of course I'm not a native speaker of Russian, but we were told that if the is a ь present, try to pronounce the consonant as if you are about to say a "j"-sound after it (not pronouncing the j of course) – so tip your tongue to the top of your mouth afterwards.

For example: брат -> /brat/ and брать -> /brat(j)/
Also, the ь makes the "a"-sound in брать slightly longer.

Hope this helps, and that I'm not mistaken of course ;D Once again: this is how we learned it in pronounciation class ;)


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